Social Science Research

The social science program at ERI is dedicated to helping communities, managers, policymakers, and other stakeholders understand and effectively address the social and policy complexities underlying forest restoration problems. We conduct applied research, outreach, and training on key social science issues such as collaboration, community-based management and monitoring, stakeholder values and perceptions, and policy interpretation and implementation. Program work is guided by the explicit assumption that ecological restoration and ecological sustainability are intricately linked to human community, society, and democratic processes.